Mason City School District Welcomes New Educational Staff

Mason City School District Welcomes New Educational Staff
Posted on 08/23/2016

The Mason City School District proudly welcomes new educational staff to its schools and the district.


“Each of these educators brings years of valuable expertise and unique talents and backgrounds to our team," said Dr. Gail Kist-Kline, Mason City Schools Superintendent. "We wish each of them success in the school year, and look forward to their help as we focus on "what really matters!’”

Certified Staff Mason City Schools welcome 32 certified staffers for the 16-17 school year. The hires fill some vacancies left by retiring teachers or those who have resigned. The district also added four additional English as a Second Language teachers, one intervention specialist, and one Social Communications and School Fundamentals (SCSF) intervention specialist to better meet students' needs for these growing programs.


Mason High School

Anna Bailey, Math

Sarah Boselovic, Language Arts

Gideon Dudgeon, Business

Christine Hemphill, ESL

Christopher Kilgore, SCSF Intervention Specialist

Allison Kolish, Language Arts

Michaela Kramer, School Psychologist

Ryan Lehr, Intervention Specialist

Cornelia Topich, Science (Integrated Science)


Mason Middle School

Holly Burns, Spanish

Laura Dobrozi, Chorus

Benjamin Loyer, Band (Instrumental Music)

Shannon Maynard, PE & Social Studies


Mason Intermediate School

Jason Burress, School Psychologist

Liz Dooley, Gifted Intervention Specialist

Stephanie Jannides, ESL

Sara Kranson, Counselor

Tiffany Lolli, ESL


Western Row Elementary School

Erin Chesar, Gifted Intervention Specialist

Kristi Echler, Gifted Intervention Specialist

Kasi Hockensmith, ESL

Michelle Hoskinson, Second Grade Teacher

Katie Janis, Intervention Specialist

Jessica Mullen, Third Grade Teacher

Michael Steele, Third Grade Teacher


Mason Early Childhood Center

Erin Arcaro, SCSF Intervention Specialist

Katherine "Katie" Brown, Counselor

Erin Cherney, First Grade Teacher

Alicia Hirnikel, Kindergarten Teacher

Emily Hughes, First Grade Teacher

Elizabeth "Liz" Mazgaj, First Grade Teacher

Emily Oliveira, Reading


Administrative Staff Seven new (and not so new) administrators will join other Mason City Schools leaders in implementing the school and District priorities and goals for the 2016-17 school year.

  • Todd Petrey, Chief Operating Officer, Mason City School District

Petrey was the former Springboro Schools Superintendent. He replaces Mike Brannon whose retirement will be effective January 1, 2017.nuary 1, 2017

  • Jessica Stevens, Interim Special Services Administrator, Mason City School District

Stevens has been Mason's Special Education Supervisor for Western Row Elementary and Mason Intermediate School. She replaces Katie Marshall who took a position with the Hamilton County Educational Service Center.


  • Milena Varbanova, ESL Supervisor, Mason City School District

Varbanova previously worked at the Hamilton Country Educational Service Center where she served Cincinnati Public Schools ESL programs. She replaces Dianne Blizniak who took a position at the Butler County Educational Service Center.


  • Jennifer "Jen" Johnson, Assistant Principal, Mason Early Childhood Center 

Johnson was the former Clear Creek Elementary Principal in Springboro Schools. She replaces Kathy Weber whose retirement was effective June 30, 2016.


  • Kelly Miller, Assistant Principal, Mason Early Childhood Center

Miller served as the former preschool principal for Lakota Local Schools. She replaces Tom Doerflein who transferred to Mason Intermediate as an Assistant Principal.

  • Amy Hull, Assistant Principal, Mason High School

Hull was the former Assistant Principal at Dater High School in Cincinnati Public Schools. She replaces Dave Hyatt's Assistant Principal position as he transitioned into head Principal of MHS.


  • Laura Spitzmueller, Assistant Principal, Mason High School

Spitzmueller was the former ESL coordinator for Sycamore Schools. She replaces Dan Distel who took the position of Principal at Little Miami Elementary.
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